Not only SMEs but even the bigger global companies who should know better have been caught out.Which is absolutely fine for people and companies who already did business outside the EU. However there are a vast array of SMEs that have set up over the years that have only ever dealt with sales inside the common market.
I know of instances where it's quicker and cheaper to now supply products into the UK from non EU global company locations.
But surely, we knew all of this post 2016, so should have been more prepared.It is wrong to think that there is "one" set of paperwork to export goods to the EU .
We are third country now and if any export is send to a country in the SM from the UK , UK's exporter must fill / get paperwork relevant to THAT country .
Other words if you export to Germany , France ore Italy you need 3 sets of papers relevant to each country as each have different requirements .
Show me any exporter that was " ready" for that .